hooded vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus) is an Old World vulture in the order Accipitriformes, which also includes eagles, kites, buzzards and hawks. It is the only member of the genus Necrosyrtes and is native to sub-Saharan Africa. It is a scruffy-looking, small vulture with dark brown plumage, a long thin bill, bare crown, face and fore-neck, and a downy nape and hind-neck. It typically scavenges on carcasses. Although this is a common species, numbers of these birds are decreasing rapidly. (wikipedia)
Now a rare species thats seen South of the Sahara including Kenya its value as a live bird is steadily rising
Watching this ‘Master Kingfisher’ continuously seeking vantage points along the River from palm trees to 10+ meter tree tops to bridges, then meticulously dive totally unconcerned about your presence and off to a perch to consume his catch. I quietly ask myself what type of fish can be caught OR seen along these rivers?
It doesn’t take long to get answered as some 100meteres down the river i sport a local adjusting his net in the river.
45 minute later (almost midday) a young man cheerfully passes us and hangs this
another fish species which he expertly clears away it’s scales (see chipping bit’s on upper side of his knife)… and as i comment about it’s size he says “this is a baby” we frequently catch 2-3 times this length though if your not on time there’s another “fisherman” in the river who ensures you pull out only the head of your catch. But we fish him out too and eat him – very tasty!!
Meanwhile those unable to venture into the rivers can only admire desiringly this mans lunch as it takes knowledge and courage to venture into those waters that are also home to 1metre plus lizards and river horses..